The Yas Marina Circuit is the place of great emotions and great speed: the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 circuit is one of the most advanced in the world and is the home for all lovers of sports and motors.
The Yas Marina Circuit has been the venue for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix since 2009, the second track in the Middle East to host the top of the world car races (after the Bahrain Grand Prix) and Supercars Events.
Today Yas Marina Circuit is not only a must see for motor enthusiasts, but it is a reference point for sports and family fun, with driving courses, the opportunity to try Formula 1 cars and many other events all to discover.
Yas Marina Circuit Tour: Live the Grand Prix Experience!
A tour that motor enthusiasts cannot miss! Live the experience of the Formula 1 circuit as never seen before and discover the most off limits places, normally reserved only for drivers and staff!
The Yas Marina Circuit Tour allows you to discover the behind the scenes of the Grand Prix and get to know the best of futuristic technology that characterizes the Abu Dhabi circuit.
The official guide will take you along the Yas Marina Circuit and will show you the most important places of the race, such as the Race Control Point, the Support Pit Garages, the huge and technological Media Center and the exclusive Paddock area and finally the Podium, of course.
The guided tour lasts about 2 hours and is one of the most beautiful experiences to do in Abu Dhabi with the family.
The circuit is a true jewel of modernity and architecture, and during the tour you can also visit the most iconic places such as the North Grandstand, the Yas Marina (oh yes, the circuit is on the sea and has a private marina inside), the Shams Tower (which is the royal family’s private observation platform on race days) and the Yas Drag Racing strip, where the craziest acceleration races take place.
Normally there is one tour per day (starts at 2.00 PM) and can be booked online. Consider booking well in advance because tickets are almost always sold out!
Yas Marina Circuit Driving Experience: Drive a Formula Yas 3000!
Formula Yas 3000 is the incredible driving experience you can do at the Yas Marina Circuit: become a driver for a day and experience the feeling of driving a Formula 1 car!
The car is… wow! The driving feeling is impressive, it cannot be described in words. The steering wheel is ultra-sensitive and it seems that the car is an extension of your own body!
The driving experience begins with a briefing on the track: with the instructor you’ll take low-speed familiarization laps around the circuit and then you will go prepare for the race.
They will give you the fireproof suit and the same protections that the drivers use in the Grand Prix and once you are dressed like a real driver they will teach you all the details of the car.
After a few test laps you can enjoy your driving experience to the fullest! The Formula Yas 3000 with its 3-liter Jaguar Cosworth V6 engine is the closest thing to a Formula 1 car you will have the chance to drive!
The experience can be booked in advance online.
The Yas Marina Circuit Driving Experience is very popular, so it is necessary to book it well in advance!
Yas Karting: a super-fun experience for the whole family!
The Yas Marina Circuit is a place where locals love to go for sports (there are excellent places for jogging) and to spend an afternoon of fun with the family.
If a ride on the legendary Formula Yas 3000 is too much for you, you could still think of spending a cheerful afternoon challenging your friends or family in a kart race!
This experience is suitable for everyone (starting from the age of 5) even for beginners. All the equipment and all the necessary instructions are provided by the circuit staff who will also time your laps, just like in a real race.
The Yas Karting Experience is open daily from 4.00 PM until midnight and tickets can be booked online.
5 interesting facts about the Yas Marina Circuit
- The Yas Marina Circuit is located on Yas Island, a man-made island famous for being the reference point for leisure activities and theme parks dedicated to families: in addition to the circuit and some beautiful residences, here you find the amazing Ferrari World, the Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi and the Yas Waterworld which are the most exciting theme parks in the UAE.
- The Yas Marina Circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke who also designed other famous international circuits, including Sepang, Bahrain and Shanghai.
- The Yas Marina Circuit is one of the most technologically advanced Formula 1 circuits in the world. It took $ 1.3 billion and the work of 14,000 workers for over 35 million hours to build it.
- The Yas Marina Circuit can accommodate 50,000 spectators who can enjoy excellent views from 4 covered grandstands. The circuit has 21 corners and has a characteristic exit of the pits that passes under the track.
- The meadows around the circuit are also used for concerts and for weekly fitness and cycling sessions. To make the Yas Marina Circuit unique there is a 5-star hotel built over the circuit (the W Abu Dhabi Yas Island, ex Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel) and a private marina.
How to get to the Yas Marina Circuit
By Yas Express
If you are staying on Yas Island or if you want to enjoy a fun day on the island you can go around with the Yas Express.
The Yas Express is a free shuttle bus that connects the theme parks, the Yas Marina Circuit and the hotels on Yas Island. You can take it for free as often as you want.
You can reach the Yas Marina Circuit by taking Bus No. 190 from Abu Dhabi Bus Station and getting off at Yas Island.
You can easily visit all the attractions of Yas Island with the Hop On Hop Off Bus that stops at the Yas Mall, from there you can reach the Yas Marina Circuit in a few minutes’ walk.
Getting to the Yas Marina Circuit from Dubai
The best way to reach the Yas Marina Circuit and other Yas Marina attractions from Dubai is with a private transfer or shared bus booked in advance, because it is cheaper than a taxi and more comfortable.
A great idea can be to rent a car, which gives you maximum freedom to move! Renting a car in Dubai or Abu Dhabi is really cheap!
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